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The winner of Britain’s Top Tradesperson 2018 can lay claim to two trades – Stuart Roache is both plumber and carpenter, and he beat out a pool of 3000 entrants to land the title.
The 43 year old, married father of three from Northampton attended the grand final held at Twickenham Stadium, organised by omnichannel retailer Screwfix and supported by Mitsubishi Motors.
Stuart, who trades under the name Abington Home Maintenance, impressed judges with his passion, commitment to customer service and desire to support adult learners.
For his achievement, Stuart not only collects the prestigious title of Britain’s Top Tradesperson, he also gets a Mitsubishi L200 Warrior pick-up truck worth £33,000. Stuart qualified in both joinery and plumbing after training at night college for six-years following a career change at the age of 30. Commenting on his win, he says:
It feels totally surreal. I didn’t have any expectations and was just determined to enjoy the experience.”
“Putting myself through college while running a family was hard, but the support I got from my wife, who is my rock, and my children made me determined to succeed. Because I started from scratch and know how difficult it can be to retrain and learn something new and make that work, I just want to give others the opportunity to achieve the same as I did.
“I love my job and I wouldn’t change it for the world. My customers are my everything because without them I’d be nowhere, that’s why I always aim to deliver the highest standards of service.”
Caroline Welsh, Director of Brand and Marketing at Screwfix, says:
It was a tough decision as this year each of our 11 finalists were outstanding in their own way, but Stuart’s passion for customer service and dedication to his trade was overwhelming.
“As a late starter into the trade himself, he is devoted to supporting adult learners and plans to recruit and train them so they are equipped with the other skills and knowledge they need to also succeed. Stuart is a true people’s champion and a very worthy winner.”
During the grand-final last month, multi-tradeswoman Christina Valentine from Epsom and heating engineer Ben Kuchta from Nuneaton (pictured below) were also highly commended by the judges.